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Poster: Rings&Bells Date: Jun 27, 2009 7:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: "Best" Versions of JGB Songs

Hey everyone! I know it's been a while since I've posted anything; getting ready for college and working in a boot warehouse will do that. What I'm looking for are recommendations not of JGB--and all its incarnations--shows, but of stand-out versions of particular tunes. Any song will do, I just want to hear what Jerry could do with any song at his best. Thanks!

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Jun 30, 2009 10:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Best' Versions of JGB Songs - Gotta be Arabia

I gotta go with Arabia, there's an amazing version from 91.02.02 that blows me away, and theres an aoutstanding one from the third, also from the warfield. I love these Garcia and Grisman shows. There was a renewed vitality to Jerry's playing as if he'd not only rediscovered a friend, (which he had)healed an old wound (which he had) and rediscovered his muse (which I believe he had).

Regardless... I love this stuff~!

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Jun 27, 2009 7:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Best' Versions of JGB Songs

go to 09-16-1989 Alpine Valley to get the best Knockin' and Think, most of the entire show is as good as Jerry gets...

11-05-1993 has an outstanding The Maker and Reuban & Cherise

11-12-1993 w/ David Murray, check out Don't Let Go

I believe that 3-18-1978 has the best Harder They Come...

11-25-1983 Love in the Afternoon

2-3-1991 w/ David Grisman has some great versions of his later acoustic stuff, like Arabia, etc.

I'm too dusty to remember any other shows...

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Poster: sambonk2 Date: Jun 30, 2009 11:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Best' Versions of JGB Songs

I think its 11-13-91..Bradley Center in WI..The Rubin is just off the charts!!

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Poster: Rings&Bells Date: Jun 27, 2009 9:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Best' Versions of JGB Songs

Thanks for all the recs! I'll definitely have to check out that Alpine Valley "Knockin'"; I have my doubts as to whether any version can surpass the one from Garcia Plays Dylan (2/15/76).

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Jun 28, 2009 6:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Best' Versions of JGB Songs

check out Tore Up from 3/6/76, the definitive version
i know there is a Knockin' from '78 that far surpasses any other version i've heard, i think it's the 10/28 Severson recording, check it out
also, Are You Lonely For Me Baby from 6/30/72, not sure it's the best, but i do recall it as being a stunner
so many more ...

edit: from 7/8/77 (Early show), TWLWMYD

This post was modified by Arbuthnot on 2009-06-29 01:23:32

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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Jun 27, 2009 8:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Best' Versions of JGB Songs

every word you say from 7-4-75.


garcia-every word you say-7-4-75.mp3


This post was modified by tigerbolt on 2009-06-28 03:37:38

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Poster: thebone Date: Jun 29, 2009 11:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Best' Versions of JGB Songs

Don't Let Go 1-13-82 (Old Waldorf, S.F.) is incredible!

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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: Jun 27, 2009 11:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Best' Versions of JGB Songs

Positively 4th Street from 12/21/79 is my favorite Garcia performance. The one from Ladder to the Stars is a clear 2nd best to me.

The Sitting Here In Limbo from 03/01/80 is lovely.

The best Dear Prudence was played on 09/22/79 imo.

And the famous After Midnight suite from 02/02/80 does not disappoint.

Those are my favorite Garcia performances.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jun 27, 2009 2:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Best' Versions of JGB Songs

I'll see that 'perfect' 3-1-80 Limbo - and raise you the Catfish John from the same show ...

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Jun 27, 2009 8:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Best' Versions of JGB Songs

7/20/76... The best "Stir It Up" you will hear from the JGB. The "I'll Take A Melody" from that show is pretty awesome too...

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Poster: WatchYourSpeed Date: Jun 27, 2009 10:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Best' Versions of JGB Songs

3/19/78 Stanley Theatre Midnight Moonlight

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Jun 28, 2009 4:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Best' Versions of JGB Songs

oooo I like this thread! I'll start with my single favorite piece of Jerry music, which I believe to be one of the most moving pieces of music ever, which is a Mission in the Rain

Mission In The Rain (1978-03-14 - Boston Music Hall)

Mystery Train (1979-03-19 - Stanley Theater)

The Harder They Come (1981-02-09 - Ocean State Theater), stratocaster! I cannot imagine a version better than the one I mentioned. I would would love to hear the one from '78 you suggested but do not have it. Have you heard the 81-02-09 version?

How Sweet It Is (1978-03-19 - Stanley Theater)

I Second That Emotion (1983-05-26 - Auditorium Theater & 1978-03-19)

Midnight Moonlight (1978-03-14 - Boston Music Hall)

Rueben and Cherise (1982-04-10 - Capitol Theater)

Sitting In Limbo (1981-02-09 - Ocean State Theater)

Tore Up (1992-10-31 - Oakland Coliseum)

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Jun 28, 2009 7:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Best' Versions of JGB Songs

that 3/14/78 show is all-around fantastic, good call

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Poster: jimmy cliff Date: Jun 29, 2009 2:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Best' Versions of JGB Songs

If I may advise...

Shining Star 11/19/93

Tears of Rage 5/20/90

Tangled Up in Blue 8/22/81

Catfish John, Knockin', Second That Emotion, Love in the Afternoon 10/28/78

That's Alright Mama 2/12/80

Sugaree 5/20/84

Strugglin' Man 3/1/91????? Maybe

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jun 29, 2009 8:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Best' Versions of JGB Songs

What? No recs re Harder They Come?

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Poster: jimmy cliff Date: Jun 29, 2009 5:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Best' Versions of JGB Songs

Best one was mentioned by Strat.

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Poster: Mpogoda Date: Jun 29, 2009 6:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Best' Versions of JGB Songs

How Sweet It Is from 4-11-75; Actually, there are a number of definitive versions of songs from this show - if only there was a good SBD.

This "How Sweet It Is" is comparable to Morning dew from 5-8-77 in its definitiveness.

Maurice

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Poster: high flow Date: Jun 30, 2009 11:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Best' Versions of JGB Songs

I like The Maker and Breadbox from 10/31/92.

Along w/ any of the Garcia/Grisman from the Warfield in 1991.

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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: Jun 30, 2009 11:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Best' Versions of JGB Songs

Maurice,

Is there a copy of that show on-line somewhere?

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Jun 29, 2009 8:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Best' Versions of JGB Songs

There's an amazing recording of a session with Gris called Knockin' on Heaven's Door, which I've referenced here previously. This is likely the last known recording session Jerry ever did. For some reason this always moves me greatly.

I cannot recommend it enough.

http://cid-2ed6818a2ed9eecd.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Public/Jerry%20Garcia%20-%20Knockin%20on%20Heaven%7C4s%20Door%20-%20Last%20Session%2095

This is a copy of it.